Is there any hope for an individual new developer to get accepted as a "partner" for the Marketplace?

I sent in my application surely over half a year ago. No feedback, no
rejection, no request for more information. What is going on? If Microsoft
wants to have only experienced companies with multiple-person teams releasing
products in the Marketplace, OK, they are free to have such a policy. Even
though I think that would be a sad policy. But why can’t they at least respond
then, that I don’t fill their requirements? (Even though I am new in
developing aircraft for Flight Simulator, I am learning quickly, and have a
long software engineering experience. I would say I know what I am doing…
even if I learn new things all the time of course. I am reasonably certain I
will be able to produce aircraft that are as good as some already available in
the Marketplace.) Compare to Apple that doesn’t have any barriers other than
the yearly fee to enroll in their Developer Programme. When releasing a
product in their App Store it has to pass review. That is a much better policy
in my humble opinion. I would love to be able to eventually release the
results of my work on add-on aircrafts in the Marketplace. Because that will
reach a much larger customer base, and the downloads are encrypted so random
people won’t be able to rip off my intellectual property.

I as well, but I am not a single person we have a couple people working and on
payroll. We have been waiting for almost 1 year now! I have updated the
application dozens of times in an effort to make them budge! Nothing. I even
emailed. We have pleanty of success stories and even had our real airport send
us a massive scaled CRJ model overseas (of an auction peice) in celebration of
our efforts! Now they use our work for their ATC academy. We are working on
airport 2 and 3 as I type and even obtain our own real-world uav mapping
data…we are heavily invested in this. In a last ditch effort I was thinking
maybe because we don’t have a huge presents & out reach on social media I
started to make my page much more active, started to share more work in
progress stuff and made a YouTube Channel…then made a video as well for
airport release.
The company is registered and
all, with accounts in Canada. Hope you don’t think I am trying to hijack or
piggy-back your post! I feel youre frustration and I am following this thread.
The way they onboard without any return information IMHO could get better,
peoples life plans depend on it…I understand it’s a lot of work and its
better to use resources on more important things, but hey…I guess thats me
being a tad bit eager. I am glad someone brought this up on here - I was
thinking I was the only one! Let’s see what happens. As of now I see a
connection error on the partners page when I am logged in! Where I would see
application under review, maybe they are updating the process.

Yes, I get that connection error, too, forgot to mention. “An error occurred
while processing your request.”

I got happy when I saw something different load when logged on but I am sure
its literally just down and means nothing regarding the application! Bummer,
lol

i see it was back up for me - i added some links and re submited lol, good
luck to your app as well!

This silence from FS team to your request for market access is really a shame.
It is not respectful

Hello, It can indeed be very complicated to reach the Marketplace, and I can
understand your frustration here. You probably already know my answer: this is
something that needs to be reported to Microsoft… Because they are the only
ones handling this process. Once your project is exported, it’s out of the SDK
team’s jurisdiction. And, by definition, out of the scope of this DevSupport
platform… This being said, I will report to Microsoft your comments about
the lack of answer from the Marketplace Partnership process.

"Once your project is exported, it’s out of the SDK team’s jurisdiction "
So, is it Asobo that takes the submissions from Qualified MarketPlace Devs,
and “exports” them (including the fsarchive encoding), so that they can then
be placed in the store by MS ? I ask this, because there still seems to be
some confusion (at least to me ) about who decides what get encoded ( ref
.cfg files) and who actually does any verification/encoding/testing/ and
creation of the final package, ready for the marketplace… ?

Bonjour Alysée, While at it, may you also cross-check Reality XP’s application
which is stalled since August 2020 (in the first batch or so)? RXP is a
renowned vendor of award wining simulation products and add-ons for the last
20 years, and some new vendors unknown prior FS2020 have been approved since
then and are already selling their products through the market place, even if
they’ve applied for the market place after RXP. I can only imagine there is a
bug in the system and maybe our application just got stuck somewhere in the
process?! D’avance merci pour votre aide! PS: "this is something that needs to
be reported to Microsoft… " They aren’t answering our emails since March
2020, it seems Charles Nichols isn’t working for Microsoft anymore and no one
is following through either.

Hi Alyzée, I’m reviving the topic because as of today it has been nearly 18
months our application is “in process”, while we’ve been in Contact with a
Microsoft representative since Dec. 2019 until he stopped (quit?) in March
2020. Here is back when it started: [[BLOG] September 17th, 2020 Development
Update - Community / News and Announcements - Microsoft Flight Simulator
Forums](https://forums.flightsimulator.com/t/blog-
september-17th-2020-development-update/275888)

It’s only been one short month since we launched the new Microsoft Flight
Simulator and we have already received over 900 applications to our
Marketplace Partner Program. That’s amazing and we are so excited to see the
third party creator community embracing the new platform with such
enthusiasm. Last week alone, we launched 10 all-new products and updates to
8 existing ones.

Compare with the the last public report: [[BLOG] February 17th, 2022
Development Update - Community / News and Announcements - Microsoft Flight
Simulator Forums](https://forums.flightsimulator.com/t/blog-
february-17th-2022-development-update/499234)

As of 02/11, we have now approved 234 (+4) third parties into the in-sim
marketplace and – so far 134 (+0) have released 912 products on PC (+12)
and 614 on Xbox (+15)
. 1,839 products (+18) have already been released in
3rd party stores and the in-sim marketplace. Beyond that, another 529
products (+59) from 3rd party developers are in production (303 announced,
226 unannounced). In total, over 2,368 3rd party products (+77) are either
released or are in development.

In other words: - 26% 3rd parties approved in 18 months (234/900), 74% still
waiting and some of them without any word at all from Microsoft (this topic).
- 15% have released products in 18 months (132/900) - 11% of the approved
vendors are still developing their 1st product since they have been approved.
- Those approved are selling already 11.7 products on average each over the
last 18 months ( (912+614) / 132 ) - In turn, those approved are already
selling about 1 product per 1.5 months on average. (edited: 1/x) - But those
not approved but who have already built a product can’t sell it on the market
place though. - And those not approved don’t have any access to direct
technical support on the Discord channel. Is this correct?

Those who get direct technical support on Discord is a much more limited
group; I’ve only heard of PMDG having it, maybe others do also?

Hello all, Also waiting to be approved as vendor on the Marketplace, more than
a year now… I create airports. Meanwhile, there are developers who sell this
type of products for a Flight Sim:

Frustrating. I applied a few months ago. And when I tried to re-log in, I was
told I didn’t have a professional looking email adres. Now I don’t know if my
application is rejected or, just like you, on hold. Grrr.

I’ve been waiting over a year, and updated the application with new details a
few days ago. It’s like throwing a stone down a bottomless well, no feedback,
no status. Nothing.